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Department of Plant Sciences

Robin Groose

Robin Groose

Associate Professor of Agroecology and Plant Breeding

Phone: (307) 766-3151

Office: Room 4007


  • 1985 - Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1985 to 1987 - USDA Postdoctoral in Biotechnology at Iowa State University
  • 1983 - M.S. Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1978 - B.S. Molecular Biology, University Wisconsin-Madison


  • 1987 to 1993 - Assistant Professor of Crop Science, Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, University of Wyoming
  • 1986 to 1987 - Research Geneticist - Plants, USDA-ARS (USDA Postdoctoral in Biotechnology), USDA Cereal and Soybean Improvement Research Unit, Central Plains Area (Ames, Iowa)
  • 1985 to 1986 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Departments of Agronomy and Genetics, Iowa State University
  • 1981 to 1985 - Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin
  • 1979 to 1981 - Research Specialist, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin

Academic Expertise

    Plant Genetics and Australian Medics


  • Current: Annual legumes for sustainable dryland farming. The objective is to incorporate annual medics (legumes) for grazing or green manure into the winter wheat - summer fallow cropping system.
  • Breeding legumes for sustainable agriculture. Integration of biotechnology with classical plant breeding and quantitative genetics.
Medicago rigidula

Plant Breeding

  • "w4-m w4-m Soybean Genetic Stock." Developed by Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES), Asgrow Seed Company, USDA Agricultural Research Service. Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Reg. no. GS-2, certified April 1990; National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) entry PI 540533.
  • "WY-RF1 and WY-RF2 Alfalfa Germplasms." Developed by WAES. WAES Notice of Release November 1992; CSSA Reg. no. GP-263&264 (NPGS entries PI 564263 and PI 564262.


  • Agronomic and Horticultural Plant Biology (AECL 2020)
  • Plant Genetics (CROP 4510/5110) Plant Breeding (CROP 4520), Agroecology Seminar

Significant Publications

  • Groose RW, Kojis WP, Bingham ET. 1988. Combining ability differences between isogenic diploid and tetraploid alfalfa. Crop Sci 28:7-10.
  • Groose RW, Talbert LE, Kojis WP, Bingham ET. 1989. Progressive heterosis in autotetraploid alfalfa: Studies using two types of inbreds. Crop Sci 29:1173-1177.
  • Groose RW, Weigelt HD, Palmer RG. 1988. Somatic analysis of an unstable mutation for anthocyanin pigmentation in soybean. J Hered 79:263-267 [and cover 79(4) issue].
  • Groose RW, Palmer RG. 1991. Gene action governing anthocyanin pigmentation in soybean. J Hered 82:498-501.
  • Palmer RG, Groose RW. 1993. A new allele at the w4 locus derived from the w4-m mutable allele in soybean. J Hered 84:84:297-300.
  • Groose RW, Li YG. 1993. Registration of diploid alfalfa (Medicago falcata) germplasms for biotechnology research and development. Crop Sci 33:1116.
  • Bingham ET, Groose RW, Woodfield DR, Kidwell KK. 1994. Complementary gene interactions in alfalfa are greater in autotetraploids than diploids. Crop Sci 34:823-829.
  • Krall J, Groose RW, Sobels J. 1996. Winter survival of Austrian winter pea and annual medic on the Western High Plains. p.237-240 In Janick J (ed) Progress in new crops. ASHS Press, Alexandria VA.
  • Groose RW, Walsh MJ, Claypool DA, Delaney RH, Krall JM. 1997. The Wyoming annual medic breeding program: Improving water use efficiency and water quality in the winter wheat agroecosystem. p.222-225 In Goertler C (ed) Wyoming Water 1997. Wyoming Water Resources Center, Laramie WY.
  • Groose, RW, Dunbier MW, Demarly Y. 2000. Maximizing heterozygosity and progressive heterosis in alfalfa. In E.T. Bingham and T.H. Busbice (ed.) The alfalfa genome. NAAIC, Beltsville MD (in press).
  • Kimbeng, CA, Groose RW. 2000. The alfalfa genome bears a heavy genetic load. In E.T. Bingham and T.H. Busbice (ed.) The alfalfa genome. NAAIC, Beltsville MD (in press)

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